Trees and Cities: An i-Tree Benefits Calculator Workshop June 27

Date and Time:  June 27, 8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Location:  Chattahoochee National Recreation Area, 1978 Island Ford Parkway, Sandy Springs, GA  30350


Does your community struggle to understand the contribution trees provide to people every day? Do you need to justify your tree program with cost/benefit analysis? Are you interested in connecting trees to broad sustainability goals? iTree can help! The Davey Resource Group, the Georgia Urban Forest Council, the Georgia Forestry Commission,and the U.S. Forest Service present this program targeting the practical use of the on-line iTree benefits calculator tools. The iTree development team has been adding new features to make calculating the value and benefits of trees both efficient and effective. However, the various tool can be overwhelming and industry professionals often don’t have time to wade through all the options to get results.  During this 1/2 day workshop, you will gain an understanding of the latest iTree tools and how to quickly use this resource to generate tree benefits. Incorporated group discussion will spark ideas on ways to use tree benefit information in various outreach and promotion efforts.  READ MORE AND REGISTER HERE.
Workshop sponsored by the U.S. Forest Service, Southern Region
ISA CEUs applied for.

Next Arborist Certification Review Class is June 26-27 in Milton

Seeking arborist certification? Need a refresher course?

The Georgia Urban Forest Council will present a two-day Arborist Certification Review Course taught by Certified Arborists Gretchen Musser and Rob Swanson on June 26 & 27, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (both days), at Milton City Hall, 2006 Heritage Walk, Milton, GA  30004. Gretchen and Rob will help attendees prepare for the exam with lectures and hands-on demonstrations covering Tree Biology, Tree Identification, Soil Science, Water Management, Tree Nutrition and Fertilization, Tree Selection, Installation and Establishment, Pruning, Tree Support and Lightning Protection, Diagnosis and Plant Disorders, Plant Health Care, Tree Assessment and Risk Management, Trees and Construction, Urban Forestry, Tree Worker Safety, and Climbing & Working in Trees.  ISA CEUs applied for. 2 commercial pesticide credit hours per category 23,24, 27.  Read more and register here.  


AUGUST 8 – GUFC’s third quarterly program, held this year at Suwanee City Hall, 330 Town Center Avenue, is our fourth annual “Trees as Green Stormwater Infrastructure”educational event.  David Dechant, LEED AP, SITES AP and Board Certified Master Arborist at Arborguard Tree Specialists, Joe Burgess, Community Forester and Regional Specialist with the Georgia Forestry Commission, and William Hodgins, P.E., Senior Water Resources Engineer, Center for Watershed Protection, Ellicott City, Maryland, will lead our continued conversation on the importance of incorporating trees into the growth of our communities, as trees provide vital stormwater management, as well as the host of other benefits for communities.   After lunch, a panel discussion will feature representatives from local communities from a variety of professions, including engineering, arboriculture, and city planning.  3.25 ISA Arborist CEUs will be available, as well as 2.5 SAF Forestry hours for foresters and a Certificate of attendance for Georgia-registered landscape architects.  Lunch provided.  This program is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  See agenda here.
Eventbrite - Trees as Green Stormwater Infrastructure: GUFC's Third Quarterly Program


At this year’s College Canopy Conference at Clayton State University in Morrow on September 11, we’ll hear talks on the latest research regarding changing urban landscapes and concerns such as the West Nile and Zyka viruses; campus sustainability, best practices for treecare and campus communication; tree risk assessment and keeping people safe; establishing a butterfly garden, pollinator garden, or arboretum; and specific challenges for treecare on college campuses.  We’ll enjoy an interesting trail walk and talk through this lovely campus, including their QR-coded tree plantings,Spivey Hall, the Butterfly Garden,the Pollinator Garden, and Lakeview Discovery and Science Center, which is Georgia Peach Belt Green Building Certfied. Lunch included. ISA CEUs applied for.  Forester CEUs: 2 SAF CFEs, category 1 and 2.5 CFEs, category 2 available.  Certificate of Attendance available for landscape architects and others.  For those of you who registered for the 2017 College Canopy Conference that was cancelled due to weather and did not request a refund, you are automatically registered for this conference. See agenda here.
Eventbrite - 2018 GUFC College Canopy Conference

2018 Annual Conference set for Jekyll Island

Building Resilient Community Forests
Georgia Urban Forest Council’s
28th Annual Conference & Awards Program
Jekyll Island Club Resort
Jekyll Island, Georgia
November 14-15, 2018

In this historic setting on Georgia’s enchanting coast, we’ll hear outstanding talks from noted speakers on the coming hurricanes, sea level rise, and the effects on trees; healthy root systems; tree species selection and pruning for resilient trees; combatting invasive species; the ecology of live oaks; and more.  Speakers include Dr. Kim Coder, Professor at Warnell School of Forest and Natural Resources at University of Georgia; Dan Slone of Vertical Vision PLC; and other noted experts.  Included in the conference experience will be a tour of Jekyll’s forest of pines and live oak killed by wave action, Jekyll’s live oaks affected by salt spray, and a viewing of the “Captain Wylie Scenic Corridor” tree plantings funded in part by Georgia ReLeaf.  We’ll enjoy our annual Excellence in Urban Forestry Awards Luncheon in the elegant Grand Dining Room and our evening reception in the Crane Cottage Courtyard. Don’t miss this educational and enjoyable event! See agenda here. ISA CEUs will be available, as well as a certificate of attendance for landscape architects.  Foresters:  7 hours, category 1 and 2.5 hours, category 2 SAF Continuing Forestry Education.
Eventbrite - GUFC Annual Conference and Awards Program - Jekyll Island Club Resort

Please remember that sleeping room reservations are a separate fee.  Click here for lodging information for conference attendees.

Statewide Arbor Day Celebrations 2018

On February 15,Statewide Arbor Day celebrations were  held in three cities: Atlanta, Athens, and Woodbine.  These programs were presented with support from the Georgia Power Company – thanks, Georgia Power, for your partnership on these events, as we recognized Tree City USA communities, Tree Campus USA colleges and universities, and Tree Line USA utility companies around the state.

Thank you, sponsors and partners. Your support sustains our effort to provide innovative urban forestry education, programming, and resources in Georgia.